Do you feel like you are cheating when you use inspiration from Pinterest?
Do you hesitate to share your work because you worry that you might be accused of copying someone?
Are you uncomfortable asking for help from those you admire?
Well, I say enough of that nonsense.
Creative practicing. The practice of learning and growing from others. The practice of reaching out to those who inspire you and telling them thank you. The practice of studying other creative’s style – and then making it your own. The practice of sharing your process.
In my new blog series, i support creative practicing, I will be sharing some of the creative souls that help me to grow as an artist. Each of them openly acknowledges who pushes them to grow their art. Each of them supports the process of creative practicing. Soaking it all in, learning from all sorts of creatives and then turning it all into something that they can call their own. As it should be. Seriously.
I think it is really important that we find a way to acknowledge that we all (every single one of us) practices by emulating other artists, old and new, to learn and grow our own style of creating. We need to start openly sharing that we pull inspiration from everything and tuck it away in our noggin to use another time. And that the beauty in all of this is that there is a magic moment when it all comes together and becomes something that is ours alone. I want fingers to point at others in a positive rather than negative way.
(So basically, I hate the copying foshizz that is going on. The accusations, the fear of sharing my process, and the folks who actually copy things without taking the time to make it their own. And most certainly the negative drama that ensues within ourselves, our friends and peeps we don’t even know.) *I am not saying it is ok to blatantly copy and sell it as your own – that’s copyright infringement and just bad juju. So don’t hate on me in the Comments section.
So join me in celebrating our growth as creative’s in an open and positive way. Please feel free to grab the graphic above and share it. And if you add it to your blog, let me know and I will add you (and your website or blog) to my list of supporters. I encourage you to write about what creative practicing looks like to you. And how you can support other creative peeps. (Be sure to add a link to this page so i can keep track of all y’all. http://danielledonaldson.com/creativepracticing/)
note: a creative practicing credo/mantra/checklist is in the works so let me know what you think!
we support creative practicing.